A 16-year-old boy Flynn McGarry has been in the news internationally when he revealed that he would be opening his first restaurant in New York. Having launched his own supper club at the age of 11 the has already spent time in the kitchens of Alinea, Eleven Madison Park and Alma. He has been on the receiving end of strong criticisms. He is taking it in his stride as he tells Grub street in this interview.
British chef Jamie Oliver has launched a petition calling the British government to introduce a tax on sugary drinks in the UK to improve children’s health. He believes a tax of 7p per regular sized can of soft drink with added sugar could generate £1 billion in revenues per year. It could be used to support much needed preventative strategies in the NHS and schools around childhood obesity and diet related disease. The petition has already attracted over 120,000 signatures.
And to complement this petition, here are 10 reasons why you should never let children drink soda.
Will Guidara and Daniel Humm are on a quest to turn their restaurant New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park into the greatest in the world. Saveur has the story. Humm says that they could have been dismissive of stars and lists but they have decided to play the game. Their restaurant is the only US restaurant to have cracked the top five of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Mario Batali divulges his favourite restaurants in Italy from Puglia to Piedmont. The Italo-American chef is also a TV star and owner of various Italian restaurants in the United States.
Violence in kitchens has been made topical recently with the publication of an article by Rene Redzepi in Lucky Peach on the subject. Raymond Blanc speaks about how he got his jaw broken for telling a chef his sauces were too rich when he was 19.
Here is a link to a thought-provoking blogpost by the father of molecular gastronomy Herve This. It is in French but it really is worth a read. He speaks about cooking and deregulation and argues that there needs to be regulation because while because people seem to think that given we cook everyday for our families might make us competent, the reality is not so simple. Its old but we came across it this week and we believe that the points made are still valid today.
Cooking is a very important skill to learn. Here is an article on the importance of cooking with children and five reasons why we should be doing it.
Here are some very interesting tips about what to do when you are attending a wine tasting event. From drinking water to taking notes the tips are extremely useful.
The 2015 harvest kicked off more than a week ago and so far it is looking very promising according to this article in Le Pan Magazine.
Doug Frost looks at the issue of whether manipulated wines are unnatural. The author looks at this issue from the Napa Valley angle but it is a debate that is worth having for wines produced elsewhere.
And to conclude we have a travel guide to Barcelona. It is from the 36 hour series in the New York Times.
Have a great week.